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Think: Why You Should Question Everything Poorly edited, childish, over simplified, and strangely lacking in self awareness for a skeptic book The illustrations are absurd and given the simplistic and condescending tone of the book make me think it was originally targeted towards children.Harrison s main goal seems to be to convert people to a skeptical way of thinking about the world, but I doubt he s at all effective at doing so because he regularly compares non skeptics to man eating predators, criminals, scam artists, liars, the in Poorly edited, childish, over simplified, and strangely lacking in self awareness for a skeptic book The illustrations are absurd and given the simplistic and condescending tone of the book make me think it was originally targeted towards children.Harrison s main goal seems to be to convert people to a skeptical way of thinking about the world, but I doubt he s at all effective at doing so because he regularly compares non skeptics to man eating predators, criminals, scam artists, liars, the infected, the diseased, foolish, unthinking, crooks, crazies, smothered, dim, ignorant, weak, enslaved, deluded, irrational, uncritical, unthinking, superstitious, stagnant magic seekers, stumbling, passive, making up answers, and pretending to know what they don t know And that s just when he s talking about actual people not just beliefs All of this while simultaneously downplaying that EVERYONE has irrational beliefs, skeptics like the author and this reader included.You can t convert someone and insult them in the same breath Terrible Think critically, learn to question everything, and don t let your own brain trip you up This fresh and exciting approach to science, skepticism, and critical thinking will enlighten and inspire readers of all ages With a mix of wit and wisdom, it challenges everyone to think like a scientist, embrace the skeptical life, and improve their critical thinking skills Think shows you how to better navigate through the maze of biases and traps that are standard features of every human brain These innate pitfalls threaten to trick us into seeing, hearing, thinking, remembering, and believing things that are not real or true Guy Harrison s straightforward text will help you trim away the nonsense, deflect bad ideas, and keep both feet firmly planted in reality With an upbeat and friendly tone, Harrison shows how it s in everyone s best interest to question everything He brands skepticism as a constructive and optimistic attitude a way of life that anyone can embrace An antidote to nonsense and delusion, this accessible guide to critical thinking is the perfect book for anyone seeking a jolt of inspiration I want to give 5 stars to this book Totally waste of my time I m so disappointed It s childish, and i feel like a teenager wrote it I thought the Author s goal is to help people to be skeptical when it comes to thinking about our choices in politics, social awareness and some important subjects, but instead he s telling us not to believe in UFOs, Bigfoot, Lochness Monster, Bermuda Triangle, Area 51 Don t waste your time.Tell me something i don t know. Think Why You Should Question Everything by Guy P Harrison Think is a fantastic and inspirational book that will teach readers how to think like scientists Question everything, embrace doubt is a recurring theme that accomplished author, historian, anthropologist Guy P Harrison drives home with mastery and clarity This is an entertaining and illuminating book that will empower you to avoid common pitfalls of bad thinking in a constructive way This enlightening 300 page book includes the f Think Why You Should Question Everything by Guy P Harrison Think is a fantastic and inspirational book that will teach readers how to think like scientists Question everything, embrace doubt is a recurring theme that accomplished author, historian, anthropologist Guy P Harrison drives home with mastery and clarity This is an entertaining and illuminating book that will empower you to avoid common pitfalls of bad thinking in a constructive way This enlightening 300 page book includes the following five chapters 1 Standing Tall on a Fantasy prone Planet, 2 Pay a Visit to the Strange Thing That Lives Inside Your Head, 3 A Thinker s Guide to Unusual Claims and Weird Beliefs, 4 The Proper Care and Feeding of a Thinking Machine, and 5 So Little to Lose and a Universe to Gain.Positives 1 Beautifully written and researched book Harrison has a passion for his topic that is palpable and admirable A master at conveying clear and inspirational thoughts grounded in good science and sound thinking 2 Skepticism is a great topic This book is enlightening and fun to read.3 Harrison always delivers Quality critical thinking goes in before his books come out He has earned my trust as an author that will consistently deliver a book worthy of my time and interest.4 Drives home the need for skepticism Skepticism is an important issue for everyone It s something we all need, regardless of intelligence, education, location, social status, or income 5 This is a thought provoking book and a quote fest, Skepticism is just about having a healthy dose of doubt and using reason to figure out what is probably real from what is probably not real It means not believing you know something before you can prove it or at least make a very good case for it Skepticism is nothingthan thinking and withholding belief until enough evidence has been presented 6 Harrison has a unique gift of giving intellectual beat downs in the nicest and most constructive ways Millions of people say that paranormal mind powers can move objects Big deal people can say anything Let s wait until someone gets around to proving it before we get excited In the meantime, why not check out how nature moves entire continents It s called plate tectonics and scientists have plenty of evidence for it 7 In defense of good science Science is best thought of as a tool And, like most tools, it can be used to do something constructive or to whack somebody over the head Science is a great way of thinking and discovering that helps us figure out much about the world and the universe 8 Debunking common misconceptions Being smart, whatever that word means to you, doesn t automatically make someone a good skeptic 9 Understanding the right approach to skepticism and it may involve just asking the right questions If believers refuse to think critically about their claims, then call them on it Why are you reluctant to challenge a claim that you say is so important and obviously true What are you afraid of 10 The value of being a good skeptic Weak skepticism is perhaps the greatest unrecognized global crisis of all Every day, people waste time, throw away money, suffer, and even die because they failed to think like a scientist 11 A great discussion on brain science and how it relates to skepticism The good news for you is that just being aware of how your brain goes about its business greatly improves your chances of keeping both feet planted in reality A bonus quote, We don t really see what we look at Instead our brain tells us what we see, and it doesn t give us the complete and accurate picture Great stuff 12 One of the great strengths of this wonderful book reasons to be skeptical Harrison goes through a long list of reasons to be skeptical in an accessible and intelligible manner 13 Sound scientific principles The best we can do is accept conclusions that are backed up by the best evidence we have today and agree to change our minds if better evidence ever comes along that says something different tomorrow 14 Great examples of common biases fallacies and how to recognize them Base rate fallacy We can readily find ourselves focusing on one tiny speck of information a single story, for example or on bad data that supports a claim while simultaneously ignoringcredible information or a larger body of data that goes against it 15 Provides MANY great examples of bad claims The basic claim of homeopathic medicine is that water can remember an active ingredient in the original brew and that contrary to logic theyou dilute the solution, thepotent it becomes for treating diseases Most homeopathic remedies are diluted to such extremes that there is nothing left of the original active ingredient Complementary or alternative medicine is really just unproven medicine 16 Find out Harrison s favorite end time scenario.17 Addressing the so called Moon hoax, The late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, summed it up nicely It would have been harder to fake it than to do it 18 Good overall health, including brain health There is just something about flipping back and forth between languages that keeps a brain sharp and healthy It even seems to delay for years the onset of Alzheimer s disease in elderly people 19 The hard cold facts, humankind currently spends hundreds of billions of dollars per year on fortunetellers, medical quackery, and other nonsense 20 A sense of awe By the way, if your life ever seems too slow, just remember that the Earth is spinning at the equator at a rate of about a thousand miles per hour We are also flying through space around the Sun at speeds ofthan 65,000 miles per hour 21 Excellent notes, Bibliography and even a section called Resources to Keep Learning Negatives 1 There is very little in this excellent book to complain about other than the feeling I get that Harrison wanted to go deeper into some of the topics and decided to go for quality and brevity over acomprehensive approach.2 On such an ambitious and broad topic like thinking and skepticism you can certainly question everything but it s too hard to cover everything That is, some topics were left out 911 conspiracy, Holocaust deniers, etc understandably so In summary, what a wonderful and inspirational book this turned out to be Skepticism is a fantastic topic that has real value for the individual and society Harrison succeeds in showing how to put good thinking into practice by applying it to a number of fascinating and popular paranormal claims But what set this book apart from most is the youthful glee for knowledge and the quest for wisdom I love knowing that I ll never run out of things to learn and experience My sentiments exactly You owe it to yourself to be a good skeptic, get this book and learn how Further recommendations 50 Popular Beliefs People Think Are True and 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God by the same author, Critical Thinking by Wayne Bartz, An Appetite for Wonder and The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins, Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan, This Explains Everything edited by John Brockman, Nonsense A Handbook of Logical Fallacies by Robert J Gula The Science of Miracles by Joe Nickell, Do You Believe in Magic by Paul A Offit, Tales of the Rational by Massimo Pigliucci, Voodoo Science by Robert Park, Science Matters by Robert M Hazen Fool Me Twice Fighting the Assault on Science by Shawn Lawrence, Lies, Damned Lies, and Science by Sherry Seethaler, and Science Under Siege by Kendrick Frazier I am a scientist and skeptic I did expect the book to be written at a slightly higher level than it is, so I was a bit underwhelmed The author tries to hard to be uncontroversial and soft peddling in his presentation As a result, the whole book is repetitive and generally boring Intellectual argument is exciting It s sometimes even bombastic That s what it is to think Not some soothing mammby pammby I THINK he missed the point, as will many of the readers.The entire contents could adequa I am a scientist and skeptic I did expect the book to be written at a slightly higher level than it is, so I was a bit underwhelmed The author tries to hard to be uncontroversial and soft peddling in his presentation As a result, the whole book is repetitive and generally boring Intellectual argument is exciting It s sometimes even bombastic That s what it is to think Not some soothing mammby pammby I THINK he missed the point, as will many of the readers.The entire contents could adequately have been summed up in a short essay rather than 200 pages of repetitive mantra The argument is at a high school level at best Thought I was getting a book on critical thinking Not so muchso a book on beware of bigfoot, the loch ness monster, area 51, the Bermuda triangle, etc Really disappointed I was disappointed with this book I was expecting aadvanced book The information in the book is very basic I learned this in a general science course in high school Harrison claims that too many people accept information without examining it critically He discusses alien abduction, miracles, Bigfoot, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience and fallacies and explains why we should ask questions and be skeptical He does provide a few useful tools to analyze a claim but mostly he list things I was disappointed with this book I was expecting aadvanced book The information in the book is very basic I learned this in a general science course in high school Harrison claims that too many people accept information without examining it critically He discusses alien abduction, miracles, Bigfoot, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience and fallacies and explains why we should ask questions and be skeptical He does provide a few useful tools to analyze a claim but mostly he list things to be suspicious of The book is short, entertaining easy read but provides no new information The book primarily is about being a skeptic not about critical thinking I read this book as an audio book downloaded from Audible George Newbern did a good job narrating the book This book might not be the best of its kind skepticism , but it provides a fairly useful tool to question everything around us There are parts that some may find boring because the author disproved hypotheses that most of us find false already like Bermuda triangle and other superstitions However, I learned one new and surprising information from this book After knowing he had cancer, Steve Jobs started taking alternative medicines instead of having modern medical treatment like his doctors This book might not be the best of its kind skepticism , but it provides a fairly useful tool to question everything around us There are parts that some may find boring because the author disproved hypotheses that most of us find false already like Bermuda triangle and other superstitions However, I learned one new and surprising information from this book After knowing he had cancer, Steve Jobs started taking alternative medicines instead of having modern medical treatment like his doctors suggested We all can agree that Jobs was pretty smart, but being smart without some skepticism is quite dangerous A good book, just consider itof an introduction to critical thinking I liked the way he approached some classic myths and urban legends. The first page made me chuckle I liked the attitude with which he approached skepticism, the bluntness of his dismissal of fantastical ideas A little humor goes a long way, when it comes to holding attention.But I like my philosophy a littleseasoned, with stronger roots This book would be an ideal addition to any child s library, or a must read for any believer in conspiracies or the supernatural, but I personally shall be buying my tea elsewhere.It s not that he s wrong on any point I The first page made me chuckle I liked the attitude with which he approached skepticism, the bluntness of his dismissal of fantastical ideas A little humor goes a long way, when it comes to holding attention.But I like my philosophy a littleseasoned, with stronger roots This book would be an ideal addition to any child s library, or a must read for any believer in conspiracies or the supernatural, but I personally shall be buying my tea elsewhere.It s not that he s wrong on any point I could find, mind you His sources, however, raise questions, to anyone already on the skeptic bandwagon Americans watch nearly forty hours of television per week The source cited says thirty four Skewing data does not help credibility, and cherry picking sources is the simplest thing in the world Tell me what you want to prove, and I can find data to support it One newspaper report alone proves nothing.Oh, I agree with everything he says but a credible skeptic should also be able to explain why the other side was partly right I don t want to hear about his workout schedule, or his family life Egotism is not that enticing Show me how you ve considered different angles, maybe even cede a point or two, and then we can talk.Simply reading this book took some perseverance, and though I applaud the author for his thoughts and attitude, I can t say I actually liked the product Questioning is not enough Feed your brain at every opportunity Read about things you have no interest in Be uncomfortable, if doing so expands the mind.He lauds finding what works for you, what fits your comfort zone Ok Maybe But learning isn t always comfortable, even when it s a habit Reach for the stars, a wise man once said There s always the moon to fall back on if you miss


About the Author: Guy P. Harrison

I write about many things but my primary focus is on science and skepticism I believe that our world could be a little better and a lot less crazy ifpeople simply understood how science works and appreciated the protective value of skeptical thinking in everyday life.I ve held numerous positions in the news industry, including editorial writer, world news editor, sports editor, photographer, page designer, and columnist I m also a veteran travel writer, having visited and written about many people and places inthan 25 countries on five continents I have had some very rewarding jobs teaching history and science to bright young students and working with abused and neglected children My degree is in history and anthropology University of South Florida I ve won some nice awards for my writing and photography but doubt anyone really cares about that other than my sweet mother.When I m not staring at a blank computer screen hoping that an interesting sequence of words will appear, I m likely to be running, hiking, reading a science book, working out at a gym, or trying to teach life lessons to my children via repeated forced viewings of Star Trek original series, of course When normal people are busy thinking about politics, economics, and the Kardashians, I m usually daydreaming about time travel, the singularity rapture of the nerds ancient Greece, extremophiles, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and robots.My latest book is 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True It s a fun grand tour of unusual unproven claims such as astrology, psychics, ghosts, UFOs, faith healing, and so on as viewed through the lens of science and skepticism It s published by Prometheus Books.


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